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Failure of the Farm Bill

23 Jun

I have to admit, agriculture is probably not even on my Top 10 issues to follow on a national level.  When I lived in Southern California, it wasn’t really something that I even saw.  Now that I’m here in Indiana, I have tried to pay more attention to the issues affecting my state more than others, and agriculture is definitely one of them. Continue reading

Rob Portman and Gay Marriage

17 Mar
Official portrait of United States Senator (R-OH).

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-OH). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Excepting the papal election of Bergoglio to Francis, I think one of the biggest news is Sen. Rob Portman‘s public switch to support gay marriage (Politico). Continue reading

block, bring to end, close off, disconnect, discontinue, halt, isolate, obstruct, suspend

27 Feb

A few words to describe the oft-mentioned ‘sequester’.  (As a challenge to myself, I will insert each of the words, once,  from the title instead of the s-word in this post in italics.)

I will admit that this block on federal spending is really confusing.  It is easy for more partisan critics to blame the other side that will bring to end some loved programs.  There are so many articles now on the close off that is about to potentially happen: Continue reading

The Next State to Cause Commotion on the National Scene: Texas

22 Feb
texas our texas

texas our texas (Photo credit: jmtimages)

Removing Alaska, Texas is the largest state in area.  Removing California, Texas is the most populated.  Texas is just plain big.  It has the largest number of counties within its borders.  It is the only state whose flag can be flown at the same level as the United States’.  “Everything is bigger in Texas” seems to be true in many respects, and it will be soon true on the national scene of politics.

Politico‘s “Lone Star Rising” article profiles the state and its looming implications on national politics. Continue reading

13 Jan

Very surprised at his stance. It would seem like a negative politically, but since he is in the last year of his only term as governor, kudos to him. The State of the State address was very informative as to why he is taking that action and comparing Virginia to the rest of the nation. Hopefully he can also tackle the underlying reason why they’re in jail also, but definitely a step in the right direction.

The Status of Voting

13 Jan

Voting is the one time that you at least seem to be equal with anyone else.  Of course there is voter registration (except for ND), residency, age, voter ID laws, possibility of absentee balloting, and ability to get to a poll during the specified time and at the correct place which serve as obstacles for a potential voter to cast their ballot.  The people are already disenfranchised before they vote with a variety of factors such as a lack of transparency in political contributions, gerrymandering once a decade, and electoral systems which (for better or for worse) produce a primary-driven instead of a general consensus candidate leading to a two-party system (which has both pros and cons). Continue reading

Consequences of Voting in a Democracy

12 Dec

With the end of elections, the people who we elected and have been or about to be inaugurated will be making decisions based on why they were elected.  To me, I’m a little confused as to why there is all this consternation regarding the recent right-to-work laws that have recently passed in the state I currently reside in, Indiana, and our northern neighbor of Michigan.  Some are outraged to the recent decisions, which is quite understandable.  However, voters apparently want these decisions, for better or for worse.  There is something to be said that private and/or public sector jobs are being threatened either by less job positions (via unionization) or lower wages and benefits (via right-to-work).  No one should be surprised, though, that when you vote a supermajority in the state senate and super majority in the state house (Michigan) and an increase to a 2/3 majority in both state houses (Indiana) of Republicans, you are going to get a Republican kind of state.  Outrage may be justified, but voters do not want that.

You get what you pay for.  In politics, you get what you vote for.

 

Notable Statewide Results

10 Nov

There was some exciting news in the various states other than the presidential election, especially for the other 40+ states that were already in the bank for either Romney or Obama.  The top 5 results from this past November 6, 2012, election that I think are significant for the political direction of each of the states. Continue reading

Obama Poster

31 Aug

I have to agree with the other pundits, the most powerful line from the Republic National Convention came from Paul Ryan:

“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.” (Quotes from Paul Ryan’s VP Speech to the RNC 2012)

It is true that some, maybe most, people who voted for Obama are a little disappointed with his presidency.  If you really look at the last 3 1/2 years, you can either blame Obama for everything or blame the anti-Obama forces instead.  It is really hard to determine what Obama is really responsible for, but you definitely cannot blame him for everything, or maybe anything, if you’re trying to at least appear to be fair.

If you want to know why Continue reading

Hyperdodecahedron

16 Mar
120-cell family polytopes in H3 Coxeter plane ...

Image via Wikipedia

Definition: a compact 4-dimensional hyperbolic manifold obtained by identifying opposite faces of the 120-cell, whose universal cover gives the regular honeycomb {5,3,3,5} of 4-dimensional hyperbolic space

How is this related to the state of the GOP race? Well, the race for delegates is as complicated as this shape in math.  (And math is what you need to win, at least according to Romney.)

Did you know that Romney actually won the Dixie primaries, but of course with the help of islands on the other side of the world of Hawaii and America Samoa

…by winning Hawaii and America Samoa, as well as some delegates in the Southern states that award them proportionally.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74024_Page2.html#ixzz1pL13qpMC

I mean, the race is about looking at the intricacies of each state, each district, each precinct, and each delegate and figure out how you can have them vote for you, never mind the preference of voters.  Voters should always look at the delegate count, and not the policies of a candidate.  We should be thinking that because Romney will be the nominee, that we might as well not have the primaries.  Why not just let the Super PACs pick the delegates for us, then we would not have to actually do anything, I mean let’s be real, we don’t even vote.

The nominee for the presidency should be uplifting and commanding and not make excuses.  We should demand for from the people who run for positions of power.  Questions from the media should be why do you think you’re best and not what is your strategy to win.  We should be asking what will you do for me, my family, my state, and my country and not why the other person is worse than you.

Math should not be the focus of politics, unless you’re talking about the need for it in our current education system.

(I know I ended with introducing a new topic which is bad, but it’s still true.)

Boris Shor, PhD

Associate Professor, Dep't of Political Science, U. of Houston

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